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The pick: Why Washington State will beat Oregon State

In this Oct. 17, 2015 file photo, Washington State’s defense celebrates after safety Shalom Luani (18) made his second interception of the day against Oregon State at Martin Stadium in Pullman. WSU won the game 52-31. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
In this Oct. 17, 2015 file photo, Washington State’s defense celebrates after safety Shalom Luani (18) made his second interception of the day against Oregon State at Martin Stadium in Pullman. WSU won the game 52-31. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

PULLMAN – There are ample reasons to think Washington State will struggle this weekend at Oregon State. The Beavers have proved to be resilient at home, and while OSU (2-5, 1-3 Pac-12) has not won many games, it has taken some good teams to the wire.

Furthermore, the Cougars (5-2, 4-0) will be playing their first game without nose tackle Robert Barber, who will be suspended from school for the rest of the semester on Friday for his role in a fight at an off-campus party. His absence could be felt in the team’s psyche, and will certainly be felt on the defensive line.

All that plus the fact that WSU has struggled to finish off its last two wins could make for some nervous times in Corvallis. But the Cougars won’t lose. The Beavers just are not that good.

The line: WSU by 13

The pick: WSU, 38-28

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